Football is back in Los Angeles!
To celebrate, the Rams came out as Ramsy as they could; giving up a kick return touchdown and then on their opening drive, a false start penalty caused the Rams to punt the ball. Oops.
It's not exactly reassuring the the Rams offense came out and did the exact same thing they've done for the last four years, but I think more than anything the team just needs to play together to improve. Chemistry is key here.
But hey, a win's a win, even if it's the preseason!
The Quick Five
Tyler Higbee, TE
Higbee was one of the few impressive rookie receivers on the field. He was exactly the physical presence the Rams have been looking for in the passing game and his positive showing only reinforced what we've heard out of of camp.
Benny Cunningham, RB
Benny had a great performance against the Cowboys. He displayed outstanding vision and a physical style of running that Jeff Fisher loves. It's not too early to say he has the backup spot locked up. Cunningham has come a long way, but his style of play complements the team well as RB2.
Dominique Easley, DT
It's easy to forget that Easley was once a highly-touted first round selection. After losing Chris Long and Nick Fairley on the defensive line, there's likely a spot open as the backup to Aaron Donald. Easley displayed a quick jump and some veteran savvy jumping some of the snap counts.
Jared Goff, QB
It's hard not to list him here - he had a decent game all things considered. His nerves were obvious, but playing behind the 2nd string offensive line of the Rams isn't exactly confidence inspiring. He looked a little slow, but three more preseason games should help that. Overall, a lukewarm start for Goff.
Nelson Spruce, WR
The funny thing about Spruce is that he isn't anything you haven't seen before. But he's consistent and it works well. He had a fantastic catch in the middle of the field and sometimes that's all you need a receiver. A capable middle-of-the-field receiver is vastly underrated need for the Rams. He's in the drivers seat for the last WR roster spot after his monster game.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Fisher praising Jared Goff's throw to Pharoh Cooper during their 'two-minute drill' considering the fact that they spent fifteen seconds with substitutes with less than a minute thirty on the clock.
Mike Thomas really struggled with some poor decisions returning kicks and also had a bad drop.
The RB battle might be one of the best to watch.
Hopefully Ian Seau sticks around for awhile.
The secondary struggled quite a bit. It's clear that the departures of Rodney McLeod and Janoris Jenkins hurt the chemistry of the unit.